A former Minister of Defence, Lt.-Gen. Theophilous Danjuma (rtd), has donated $300,000 (about N53 million) for the establishment of a forest reserve in Nigeria.
Director of the Nigerian Montane Forest Project, NMFP, Prof. Hazel Chapman, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, yesterday.
Chapman said the forest reserve to be established at the Ngel Nyaki Forest Reserve on the Mambilla Plateau in Taraba State, would boost forest bio-diversity and conservation research in Nigeria.
She said the reserve would be the first of its type in Nigeria and fifth in Africa.
She said: â€œForest Bio-diversity and Conservation Research in Nigeria has received a major boost with the donation of $300,000 by T.Y. Danjuma to the Nigerian Montane Forest Project for the establishment of a Smithsonian Plot.
â€œThe forests in the mountains of Taraba State are rich in bio-diversity and it is my hope that this funding will ensure the future of Ngel Nyaki and the communities around for a very long time.